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November 5, 2015

We live in a world where everything is everywhere. Mass production is at it’s highest. Products are flying off the shelves and most companies are focused on quantity rather than quality. However, Duluth Pack is the black sheep in the world of production. We don’t mass produce, but rather fixate on creating the best product for you, even if it takes extra TLC and time to do so. While each pack is signed by the craftsperson who handcrafted the bag, tote, purse, pack, and other Duluth Pack accessories just for you, the current generations are still looking for something.. more . By more what do we mean? Personalization is the word. Us as living breathing beautiful creatures, we want to feel like a part of a process. Have an emotional and personal connection to something. Duluth Pack can give you just that experience.

Whether you trot into our retail store located in Canal Park or scan our website ( here ) you come across an abundance of products that can be handcrafted for you. But how to get that personal touch we talk about? You can shop any one of our Duluth Pack products and request a monogram embroidery. It’s the ultimate touch for that perfect gift. It’s like the cherry on top of a really good sundae.

Start personalizing your pack today. Click THIS link and get started!

Happy shopping, friends!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


October 26, 2015




Quality or quantity. Us humans usually have to choose one or the other. You either get a lot of bang for your buck or spend your pretty penny on lots of things. Either way, one is not right over the other. However, here at Duluth Pack, we believe that having quality friends and quality memories are what mean most. Whether it be drinking wine while watching Netflix on the sofa, sitting on the shoreline with a fishing pole in hand, or getting away on a weekend vacay together. Friends are the people who know us inside and out and will be there for us during our roughest or most amazing days. Friends are keepers.

We like to think your Duluth Pack product is like a friend. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart and can’t be the shoulder you cry on, but it’s there for you. Your Duluth Pack will carry you throughout the adventures, memories, and years to come. Your Duluth Pack will age, as humans do, and it will get bumped and bruised, but it will be there for you. It’s almost if you and your Duluth Pack become one. The handcrafted product will actually mold to your stature. The shoulder straps will have indents and grooves that only your body has created. That’s what really makes a Duluth Pack extra special. It’s guaranteed not only for your life, but its life. Which means, it probably will outlive you!

We’ve been making memories with our customers since 1882 and we have no plans on ever stopping. We cherish the adventures and stories we make with all of you and know a friendship with our customers is second to none. You’re 100% quality to us.

Thank you to photographer, Paige Hogan for the amazing photos pictured in this blog. Please feel free to check out her site HERE .

– From your (quality) friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


October 12, 2015
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If you did not know, you do now. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. How old? 133 years and aging!

Aging. Is it taboo? Is it to be ashamed of? Is it to run like Forrest Gump from? Or is is something to embrace?

It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things (don’t get dizzy now!) . We take pride in aging. Uh huh, that’s right. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! I mean, REAL old. We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 10 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


August 10, 2015

One of our best selling bags has a new best friend!

Move over all canvas Duluth Pack Roll-Top. There is a new sheriff in town with a whole lot of red and black fiery! We took our ever-popular Roll-Top Scout and gave it a northern twist. Ohhhh yaaa betcha!

Introducing the new Duluth Pack Wool Roll-Top. It’s a stunner with some pizazz and edge. Even with it’s soft as can be material, it comes with a effortlessly cool vibe. Invest in one of these timeless pieces today. Trust us, they will outlive you and be an heirloom that your grandkids will WANT to actually have. Yes, we get it – you may not even have children yet, but we know that this bad boy will be lusted after for generations to come.

Wool you be purchasing one of these newly handcrafted items? (guilty, pun intended!)

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


August 3, 2015

Does something seem a bit fishy about this post? Perfect.

We’re discussing the concept of gone fishin’ today, folks! Question of the day, where do you go on the open blue? Are you a fly fisher person who thrives on the rivers or more of a the bigger the better kind of water individual? No matter which you choose, boy do you we have the quality products to help you get the big keeper!

So, why would you choose a canvas product rather than nylon near the water? Great question (we hear this often!) . Some interesting information about canvas is that it expands. It’s a material that when it becomes in contact with a liquid, it begins to expand. Is canvas waterproof? No, but why it is a great material when you’re canoeing, hiking, fishing, or just going to work is that it is durable, lasting, quality and efficient, plus if becomes in contact with water, it expands for a time that eliminates water damage or leakage to your safe keepings.

Why doesn’t Duluth Pack work with a nylon material? Sure, it’s lightweight, flexible and eliminates water damage as well. However, we aren’t looking for something that will last you only a year, we’re wanting a product that will withstand every obstacle you go through, your children, their children, and your grandchildren’s children. That’s right, our lifetime guarantee on the bag is that good.

Learn HERE about our Wax Canvas option. May we say, this materials gets SO much better with age!

Now, lets talk tackle and fishing gear!



Pictured above is one option of a perfect fishing go-to handcrafted by Duluth Pack. It’s the Mini Tackle Box. We made a scaled down version of our popular Soft Sided Tackle Box! Take this along when you embark on your yearly fishing trip when you want to pack light. Holds two plastic inner tackle compartments (included) and comes with a shoulder strap. Easy to pack and comes in at only $85.00! Check it out on the Duluth Pack website HERE

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If you want another option with a enough room for your gear plus your child’s and their friend’s, we’ve got you covered! Check out the Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box. After spending years on local lakes and rivers using and destroying low quality tackle boxes, the innovative fishermen and fisherwomen at Duluth Pack decided to build a box that would not only withstand years of on and off water abuse, but actually make organizing your gear simpler and more efficient.

• Burly 18-ounce canvas construction.

• Main zippered box holds five plastic inner tackle compartments (included).

• High quality outdoor specific zippers.

• Two zippered front and back pockets and two side slip pockets for organizing your coveted fishing gear.

• Durable cotton webbing handle and shoulder strap.

• Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

The Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box costs $265.00, but will last you your entire fishing life, plus more! Get yours HERE

Happy fishing, everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


July 16, 2015

Now you see us, now you don’t.

We’re talking the best of the best camo here, people!

Our awesome friends at legendary company, Mossy Oak know a thing or two (or three) about the wilderness and not only how to be in it, but how to become a part of it. Whether your happy place is in a duck blind or a deer stand, they have the print for you. The best part, Duluth Pack has partnered up with Mossy Oak to sell our 250 + bags with their Break-Up camo pattern! So, not only can you be rocking a Life Time Guaranteed and Made in America bag, but you can be basically invisible in your sanctuary of leaves, twigs and trees. Check out some of our selection on the Duluth Pack website right HERE !

Last week, the Duluth Pack family was more than thrilled to see our products featured in Mossy Oak’s first ever summer virtual catalog! Check out the featured images below!



Shop the Duluth Pack Haversack in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo pattern pictured above HERE .




Shop the Duluth Pack Rucksack in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo pattern pictured above HERE .

Thank you to the folks at Mossy Oak for featuring the Duluth Pack products in your virtual catalog! We are humbled and proud to be a part of it!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Events, Gear Talk, The Lowdown


July 8, 2015

We’ve caught the giving bug and we’re teaming up with the awesome folks of The Gear Junkie to do a giveaway of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe in our wax canvas hue! Don’t know which style that is? Not a problem, click HERE to check it out.

The beyond cool The Gear Junkie employee, Andrew drove up to Duluth one wonderful spring day this year and took the grand ole’ tour of the Duluth Pack factory/headquarters – all 104 years and counting in this bad boy! I walked around the tour with Andrew as our fantastic leather cutter, Jim explained the whole enchilada on the Duluth Pack company, our products and down to the materials and custom work he has done since being employed here. (Seriously, Jim is THE BEST at tours) . After moseying the cutting, riveting, sewing and quality control area, Andrew revises his knowledge on the last hour and picks through his snapshots that he took that involve lots of canvas, leather and buckles.

This day was just the start of a great idea for our two companies to work together. After focusing on what each companies does, we realized we’re kind of the best fit for one another. A straight forward opinion on goods (The Gear Junkie) and the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack company in the USA (Duluth Pack) . It was time to unite. So, this is where the first ever giveaway together was born!

Check out The Gear Junkie’s review of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe and why they think it’s the bag for not only their staff, but for you and you and yes, even you! Read the review HERE . Now, if you want to enter the giveaway, please enter either the Duluth Pack’s Facebook page here or The Gear Junkie’s here .

Happy Giveaway!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 29, 2015

It’s a common theme amongst us humans, do you pay your pretty penny for that item of whatever it may be or do you wave goodbye to it and stroll on?

Depending on the predicament it can either be a downer to say no to that piece of clothing you wanted almost more than anything or a tiny victory for choosing fresh fruit over that delicious tub of Rocky Road. What to do, what to do?

We’re breaking down the simple rules we live by here at Duluth Pack – to buy or not to buy?

It can seem much more difficult, painful and cumbersome than we make it seem, but in all honesty, it’s not. We’ve got your backs and want to make sure when purchasing a product, like a Duluth Pack, food item, guilty pleasure or even a house per se that you are making the right move, selection and ultimately the right purchase for you!

1) Why are you buying the product?

This is the first thing to ask yourself before dropping some of your hard earned cash. What is your motive? Instant gratification? Investing in a product that will last (visit our selection here )? Or is it, because you just REALLY, really want it? No option is better than the other, but it comes down to what is most efficient for you and the real reason behind the buy.

2) Is it on sale?

It could be a mental trap. Are you buying whatever it may be, because the price has dropped a few digits? Yes? Then watch it! If this is your only reasoning for buying the goodie, it may not be the one for you. The best reason to buy a product is, because you won’t regret it! Before purchasing something at the till or putting it into your online cart, make sure you want it enough that you would be willing to pay full price for it, not just because it’s discounted.

3) Will you use it?

Seems a bit silly, but will you use this item? If the answer is nada, it’s probably not the one for you. Our rule to help decide whether it’s a keeper is by asking yourself two easy statements that help decipher: Think of three outfits or uses for it and if you can think of three places you will use it then it’s a done deal and call it, SOLD! With Duluth Pack products, we make it a bit straight forward with these questions, because you’ll have us for your lifetime – literally (so we know we’ll go with at least three outfits through that time period and at least three locations or times you’ll use us).

Voila, you’ve survived our breakdown of the daisy petal picking questions – (no, not the does he/she love me), but the to buy or not to buy continuous theme.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 17, 2015
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We’re all about partnering up with photographers and companies, which fortunately lead into friendships and crazy good magic for you all to see and enjoy after the work is done. What are we talking about exactly? Well, recently here in June, Duluth Pack worked with local photographer, Bailey Hutchence who is the owner of Bailey Aro Photography. [ Check her page out here .] Both companies collaborated on bringing out the essence of each other – the roots of the Northland, the love of nature and bucket loads of laughter. Basically a dynamic duo in a nutshell!

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

The purpose of the shoot was to show that Duluth Pack is more than canvas and leather bags. We’re an experience, your friends and the product that is there for you. We create memories with you. Even if a canvas and leather tote, bag or briefcase isn’t your thing, we still carry apparel pieces, include a footwear selection and can help you be the toast of the town with our can koozies!

After long days of rain, cloudy skies and almost zero sun, we felt the photo shoot may not happen. That all changed on the big day. The weather began to cooperate and it became the most perfect setting. A lake, the cutest married couple, some gear and the brilliant, Bailey. We couldn’t ask for a better afternoon and we’re so happy we gained a new friend out of the deal, too!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 15, 2015

Let’s give it to the father’s in all of our lives. Make this Father’s Day memorable and one-of-a-kind just like your dad is to you.

They are our providers, supporters, pushers and our go-to protectors in this glorious life. When I think of my dad, I feel I could rant, rave and never stop talking about how proud I am to share the same last name as him. For all the positives he posses, I just hope I can be half the person he is.

Father’s Day gifting can be such a head scratcher. What do you gift the best man in your life? How can you forever thank him for what he does in one day designated for him? It’s time to step up the gifting process for the man who taught you how to ride a bike and say how much he means to you beyond tools and grilling utensils. Here is the gift guide for being original and finding a unique product that will have your pop saying, “thank you” rather than “you’re welcome”!

If your dad is the rugged, get dirty in the mud and eat ribs off the bone and not use a napkin kind of man’s man then do we have the bag for his every need. Welcome the Duluth Pack Rambler Pack. Even the name just sounds hunky! The minute he gets his paws on this bag, it’s never leaving his site. Shop the Rambler Pack here .


Maybe your father is the clean cut, get the job done, smoke a cigar on the porch after wearing a suit all day kind of gent. We can compliment his style with ease! The number one selling category of Duluth Pack products is our Portfolio Collection. They all posse a design element that differs from one another, but all include the sleek and timeless style all with packing the Made in America and Lifetime Guaranteed punch that he desires. If he’s into some meat on his bag, the Builder’s Portfolio will carry all of his work necessities plus more! This bad boy is available in all leather options along with our canvas selection as well. Shop this bag here .


If your daddio is a sharp shooter, enjoys campfire coffee (mmm so good!) and looks forward to the days in a deer stand or on the water fishing, we’ve got the gadgets. For the man who wakes up before dawn, dresses in his camo and waits for the perfect hunt – here are his dream gun cases. The first if our legendary rifle cases. Available in different lengths along with american leather, our tough as nails canvas and the beautiful American Bison Leather edition found here . If your dad finds pure bliss on the open blue, a line between his hands and the adrenaline rush when a fish is on the hook, we can help make his experience even better. The Duluth Pack Soft Sided Tackle Box will just be the trick. Get one for him here .



Last but certainly not least, if your pops is the type of guy who is constantly on the go, he needs a travel companion that he can count on while he is away from you and the family. The show stopping Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffle comes with so much bang for it’s buck. Not only is it handcrafted right here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, but it’s made of authentic American Bison Leather. Each hide is unique to one another and this piece can stand alone, plus holding from his toothbrush, to his shoes to the electronic device he relies on. Trust us, he’ll be forever grateful for THIS piece.


We hope these helpful hints and tricks for this upcoming Father’s Day will make gifting a smooth ride rather than a stressful endeavor!

An early Happy Father’s Day to all on the wonderful dads out there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack